I'm a wife (18 years & still going) and mommy to two boys (9 and 2). I left my job in corporate America to be a full time stay at home mom after our second son was born. I'm now the CEO of chaos in the Simmons household. I'm an organization and crafting freak. I love things in it's place and I love to create. My creative side is the one area I let loose and chaos and mess can live (for a limited time). There's a certain kind of peace and connectedness that happens when life is simplified, organized, and you can create. Especially when you can relax and let your kids be... well kids. I can't wait to share with all of you mamas.

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Scrapbook Expo DFW – Grapevine, TX

Scrapbook ExpoA week from tomorrow scrapbookers will flock to the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine for the annual Scrapbook Expo. It is a weekend for papercrafters (especially scrapbookers) to check out the latest trends, tools, take classes and get access to lots of supplies. In the last few years many of DFW’s local scrapbook stores have closed their doors, so conventions like these are highly anticipated. It is also a great reason for a girls weekend away without going too far. They have crops (both during the day and into the wee hours of the night), classes, make and takes, and lots of shopping. It’s location is also favorable for dining with lots of options if you actually tear yourself away from your crafting and shopping.

Right now you can get discount coupons at your local Michael’s craft store or you can pre-register for the event til February 19th on their website. I recommend pre-registration and arriving early to get the most out of it (and more convenient parking if you’re not staying at the hotel). Fridays are typically the best day to go to avoid the crowds on the trade show floor. If you’re planning on taking a class, book it quickly. The “good” ones (usually the latest trends) fill up fast.

If money is tight or you want to get the most for your money, you can volunteer. When you register as a volunteer you will have to pay a $10/window fee to hold your spot (it’s to ensure people that volunteer show up), but you receive the fee back at the end of your shift. You will also receive $10/hour for the time you volunteer. That’s a great way to support your papercrafting habit. Last year I volunteered for the tool station (located in the cropping area for croppers to use tools for free, like the Cricut or other products vendors are marketing). While I was in the tool station I was able to use some of the tools on my own supplies when I wasn’t helping customers.

Currently admission is $8 (it goes up to $10 on 2/20 per the website). If you purchase a workshop (ranging from $21-$61) you get free admission for the day of the workshop.

Hope to see you there.

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